Coach Tom Cable was not part of the interview process Wednesday when Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson met with managing general partner Al Davis about joining the team in some capacity.
Cable remains in the Raiders plans for the foreseeable future, and Davis intends to keep meeting with him to see how he fits for the 2010 season, senior executive John Herrera said. Davis and Cable still have plenty to discuss before Davis decides how to proceed, Herrera added.
Meanwhile, the agent for Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh denied that his client had contact with the Raiders about their head coaching job.
"There is no truth to the rumors that Jim Harbaugh or I have met with the Raiders," Jack Bechta said. "Further, Jim has not interviewed with nor been offered the head coaching job of the Oakland Raiders. Jim and Al (Davis) have a very special relationship full of mutual respect. However, the rumors circulating are absolutely false."
That Jackson is interviewing bodes well for Cable sticking around for another season. The two have worked together in the past and Davis typically lets his head coach hire his coordinators and assistants.
Even so, a person familiar with the situation said Davis still hasn't decided whether he is going to retain Cable as the coach. Cable could not be reached for comment and hasn't spoken on the matter since Jan. 4, the day after the season ended.
The person familiar with the situation said
Cable said Jan. 4 that he is open to vacating the play-calling duties if Davis feels the Raiders are better with someone else in that role.
Jackson has a well-earned reputation for working well with young quarterbacks. He is credited with developing Joe Flacco with the Ravens.
It's no secret that Davis and the Raiders are intent upon finding the right solution when it comes to getting JaMarcus Russell, a three-year player, to the point where he is the unquestioned starter.
Bay Area News Group columnist Mark Purdy contributed to this story.